• Protecting Water and Farmland in Simcoe County

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Jan 13th, 2015
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The Pine River is a major feeder tributary of the Nottawasaga River, providing clean and cool water, much of it from springs in the important limestone of the Amabel bedrock deep in Dufferin County and the Niagara Escarpment. Studies from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) and Ontar...
Jan 7th, 2015
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The Mayor’s View  – December 20 2014 It is now 30 days since becoming mayor of Springwater Township. I have spent a lot of time in orientation sessions at the Township and County and have become well versed in the running of these two levels of government that directly impact you. The learning ...
Nov 30th, 2014
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The October 27th municipal election resulted in another huge turnover in the membership of County Council, more than 50%. In some municipalities none of the incumbents on council survived. One of the biggest issues almost everywhere is transparency. People want easy access to information, not to be s...
Nov 17th, 2014
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I attended more than my fair share of all-candidates’ meetings during the recent municipal election. Here are a few good ideas gleaned from the campaign trail around the county. -Recorded votes: Make every council vote a recorded vote. This is an example of how electronic voting can serve democ...
Oct 27th, 2014
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It’s Election Day. I’m going to vote. The old-fashioned way – I’m actually going there, to a polling station, to mark a “traditional” paper ballot. This tradition, with all its attendant safeguards – a live body that shows up in person, with proof of identity, voting in a public venue under the...
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Oct 22nd, 2014
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Who has the most credibility – citizens trying to protect the integrity of their community or developers who stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars by pushing through their development? Over 30 years ago I was involved in the fight to save a Carolinian woodlot in Vaughan from being leveled to ...
Oct 9th, 2014
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I’m flattered that Tony Guergis would single me out during the Rogers mayors debate last night as worthy of his concern that I am Bill French’s campaign manager and that I have been elevated to the position of Chair of AWARE Simcoe. He’s wrong on both counts. For the record I am a member of […...
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Oct 7th, 2014
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We realize that AWARE Simcoe was the intended target of the snub delivered by candidates Tony Guergis, Linda Collins and Dan McLean, who chose not to show up at the all-candidates’ meeting held in Minesing on Monday night. Unfortunately those whose interests were hurt were the 200-plus electors who t...
Sep 29th, 2014
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Who’s keeping your politicians honest? Well, that’s your job, to keep an eye on what they’re up to. Democracy isn’t just about casting a vote at election time, it’s about remaining involved in the government of your community. But what if your politicians duck behind closed doors so you have no idea ...
Sep 19th, 2014
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One of the questions on the questionnaire AWARE Simcoe has sent out to candidate is: If elected, will you support the creation of a lobby registry for local and County government? Some candidates – those new to the workings of municipal government –  have asked for more information about what w...